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2011 OffSeason – First Base Sunday, November 21, 2010

Posted by jkcmason in Mariners.
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I know that every Mariners fan wants a winning team right now, but there has to be some excitement for the young talent that is Zduriencik is getting and the chance to watch them grow into what could be a solid base for winning in the future.  With eight of the nine minor league teams going to the playoffs, there is a lot of talent to be excited about.  Justin Smoak is definitely one of the younger players that you should keep an eye on.

At the end of last season Smoak started to show the ability at the plate that we were hoping for when the Mariners received him in the Cliff Lee deal. After rosters expanded and Smoak was recalled in September and October, Smoak provided a .340/.421/.580 line at the plate showing more power and patience. I don’t expect him to maintain at that level for this next season, but he definitely looks to be one of the better bats in the Mariners lineup.  Justin will turn 24 this offseason and likely has his best year ahead of him. It would be hard to imagine a scenario without injury where he isn’t the opening day first baseman.

Last Year
Casey Kotchman – 414 At Bats – .217/.280/336 –  -1.1 WAR
Justin Smoak – 113 At bats – .239/.287/.407 –  .1 WAR

It is not hard to see that the Mariners should be improving at first base even without making any changes.

My 1B Solution – Stay with Justin Smoak

Mariner’s expected 1B Solution – Stay with Justin Smoak

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